The New Vichy Syndrome
How many copies would you like to buy? Add to Cart Add to Cart. Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Western Europe is in a strangely neurotic condition of being smug and terrified at the same time. Dalrymple visits most of them, usually landing spot-on, but occasionally taking a tumble.
Using Nigeria as a model for African statehood may have been a mistake, for example.
The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism by Theodore Dalrymple
The vast majority of Nigerians has known nothing but independent Nigeria; and while they remain divided into some three hundred or so ethnicities depending on what counts as an ethnicity , the fact is they do now have something, their Nigerianness if you like, in common. Of course, Nigeria is also divided into an Islamic north and a Christian south and the Islamic Nigerians are violently opposed to the Christian ones; the country is often shaken by raids, atrocities, killings, and warfare based on anything but a sense of Nigerianness.
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But Dalrymple is one of our best polemicists, elegant, insightful, and specific. On the subject of Europe, he is deeply and justifiably melancholy: the common currency is a huge problem; regionalization is bound to fail and cause misery as it does so; and while there is not much of a European future, there's a fairly rich and compensating past in the face of which "miserablism" is a foolish creed. So he ends in sorrow and with a warning, first paraphrasing Dean Acheson's comment that Britain had lost her empire and not found a role with which to replace it.
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That is why the outcome of the culture wars in America is so important to its future. A healthy modern society must know how to remain the same as well as change, to conserve as well as reform.
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Europe has changed without knowing how to conserve; that is its tragedy. It's an exhilarating book, one meant to be read in a single sitting. It moves quickly from one argument to another—although some of the connecting dots are a bit odd owing to the peculiar construction of the text and the highly engaging chorus provided by extensive marginal comments. Sometimes, footnotes swamp the text: for example, one chapter—the fourth, which is a kind of recap of the first three—has a very long note surveying the Salman Rushdie affair in some detail.
The footnote is easily twice as long as the text to which it is appended. The text is fragmented; Dalrymple allows no loitering: if he's feeling expansive, he'll give you a thousand words, maybe two, tops. Most of the book's dour message is delivered with the brevity of a subversive flash card. Through all of this, Dalrymple is a hugely entertaining writer, and a therapeutic one. You know after reading only a few pages of the latest Dalrymple that you can holster your outrage because he's got you covered.
And this latest book—a perfect summer read—proceeds at such a breakneck pace that it resembles a thrill ride wrapped in a dust jacket. You finish saying, "Well!
That was fun. Let's go again. It's over!
THE NEW VICHY SYNDROME: WHY EUROPEAN INTELLECTUALS SURRENDER TO BARBARISM By Theodore Dalrymple
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